Yuri Baluyevsky, the former head of Russia’s General Staff has criticized Russian “humanitarian ceasefires” approach in Aleppo and the actions of Russian and Syrian military commanders in Palmyra, Interfax reported.
“I understand it is necessary to ensure the safety of the population…” Baluyevsky said. “But when these pauses last three weeks, and these militants – who are up to their elbows in blood – can restore their strength and are allowed to keep their personal weapons – well, that I don’t understand.”
The general also called the loss of Palmyra a blow to the “prestige” of the Russian and Syrian armed forces. He added that this became possible because of mistakes in planning by local commanders and Russian military advisers.
The Syrian army, supported by the Russian Armed Forces, liberated Palmyra from ISIS terrorists in March 2016. The terrorist group took back Palmyra on December 11, after a 4-day-long offensive in the area.